and herbalist David LaLuzerne
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David LaLuzerne calls himself an "herbal pharmacist." That's because before he started learning about herbs, he worked as a licensed pharmacist in Wisconsin. After spending the 70's and 80's as a pharmacist, he incorporated Green Earth Herbs, an herb shop in Madison into his practice. Pharmacists have always been trusted as a community resource for medical information, especially about drugs.
As a “reformed” pharmacist, working in his herb and vitamin shop, David then became a resource in the community for information about using herbs safely and effectively – an herbal pharmacist if you will.
As his herbal knowledge increased, he began looking for ways to teach others about the benefits of using herbal medicine instead of always relying on prescription or OTC drugs. He knew that herbs were a better recourse for chronic conditions and wanted to spread the word.
Along the way Dave fell in love with video production, and wanting to do more to educate others, he started his own weekly cable access show, HerbTV. Soon enough demand for his show spread beyond Madison, so he began compiling his best work on DVD's.
As his last name is French for alfalfa, it seems his interest in herbs for medicine was inborn. He also grew up on Kinnikinnick Ave in Milwaukee. Kinnikinnick is what the Native Americans called their herbal smoking mixtures. These herbal instincts were further fueled while in pharmacy school and his class was the last to have pharmacognosy as required course work. His herbalism continued to be nurtured while working in a pharmacy collective in Madison, Wisconsin and David began to incorporate herbs into the usual pharmacy mix of OTC drugs.
His current project HerbTV has two purposes. The first is educating people about the many uses for herbs in their lives. To date, over 80 half hour programs have been produced and broadcast on access channels in Wisconsin. Some of the titles include: “The Wizard of Weeds”, “Dandelions”, “An Herbal Valentine”, “The Mexican-Indian Herbal Tradition”, “A Natural Pregnancy with Aviva Romm”, “Talking with David Winston – Cherokee Medicine”, and “Don Antonio – A Peruvian Shaman”.
Another purpose is to compile a taped archive of American herbalism and herbalists. David has already done interviews with Matthew Wood, Aviva Romm, David Winston, Jim Duke, Doug Elliott, David Hoffmann, Phyllis Light, Mark Blumenthal, Michael and Lesley Tierra, Amanda McQuade Crawford, Susun Weed, Mindy Green, Rosemary Gladstar , Brigitte Mars and Candis Cantin. Another project is a history of the Eclectics.
Now many HerbTV shows (35 half-hour shows to date) are available for viewing (free of charge) on the Internet network Veoh.com. David also has longer, educational DVDs available at his website HerbTVonline.
Seasonal Herb Walks DVD David La Luzerne. Join herbal pharmacist David La Luzerne on three herb walks – spring, summer, and fall. See what the herbs look like growing in their natural habitat at different times of the year.
Also find out how to use the herbs for your health and well-being. Herbs covered include: echinacea, boneset, dandelion, mullein, plantain, cleavers, St John’s wort, wild rose, motherwort, white oak, black walnut and much more. This DVD is loaded with information that will help you become your own herbalist!
More from HerbTV!
Hands On Herbal Medicine 2 DVD set Susun Weed. 2009. Herb TV Studio. Susun Weed leads her students on a walk around her land at the Wise Woman Center. Susun Weed teaches about plant and animal cells, nourishing herbal infusions, digestive fire and grounding. Herbs discussed include mitchella, hemlock, sheep sorrel, white pine, nettles, and mushroom turkey tail. In the second part, Susun teaches about preparing herbs for use. The five menstruums she uses are honey, water, vodka, oil, and vinegar. Each one is explained and demonstrated. Herbs discussed include catnip, ginko, shiso, nettle, and wormwood. Part 1: 1 hr 22 min. Part 2: 1 hr 28 min. Order here
Chronic Problems 2 DVD set Susun Weed. 2009. Herb TV Studio. Information about many of the chronic problems that are encountered throughout life, from childhood to old age.
Susun Weed teaches at the Wise Woman Center. She teaches her students about many of the chronic problems that are encountered throughout a life, from childhood to old age. In this two disc set, Susun discusses states of mind, stress, allergies, inflammation, heart health, healthy skin, insomnia, and intestinal health (including dietary recommendations). She also talks about Life Force and Soul Force. Herbs discussed include hawthorne, motherwort, St. Joan's wort, confrey, white oak, skullcap, and nettle. Part 1: 1 hr 44 min, Part 2: 1 hr 44 min. Order here
Wizard of Weeds DVD Dr. Peter Gails, the Wizard of Weeds, shows you how to harvest the bounty of your backyard for your culinary pleasure and health. Dr. Gails, author and teacher, is the creator of DandyBlend coffee substiture. Dr. Peter Gails hold a Ph.D. in Botany, and has studied how many cultures use backyard weeds for food and medicine. Discover the bounty of wild foods. Order here
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